Field Teacher

Location: North Shore, MA
Sanctuary: Ipswich River , Joppa Flats

About Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.

About This Position

Conduct environmental education programs based out of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary and Joppa Flats Education Center and other locations in Essex County. Field teachers provide support and lead in-school, after school, field trip, and public and outreach programs at sanctuaries, schools, and other learning sites.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work as part of a team to plan and teach engaging, inquiry-based, age-appropriate environmental education programs for PreK-12 students and/or other audiences including adults.
  • Prepare and lead school field trip programs.
  • Prepare and lead afterschool school programs.
  • Prepare and teach outdoor learning programs at sanctuaries during school vacation weeks.
  • Substitute when needed for nature preschool.
  • Lead public and outreach programs for a variety of audiences.
  • Maintain educational supplies, curricula, materials, and resources.
  • Maintain and prioritize the safety of all participants and staff.

Qualifications

At Mass Audubon, our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background. We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

Education

Completed or enrolled in B.A. or B.S. program in education, environmental sciences, and/or comparable experience in environmental education. 

Must Have’s:

  • Education and/or training in environmental sciences, environmental education, nature interpretation, PreK-12 education, or equivalent.
  • Experience leading environmental education programs for children and/or adults.
  • Ability to exercise cultural competence and best practices in inclusion.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule which may include some weekends and evenings
  • Must hold a valid driver‘s license.

Nice to Have’s: 

  • Knowledge of local natural history, conservation, and environmental education.
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive teaching or other equity-based pedagogy.
  • Experience delivering urban environmental education programming or equivalent.
  • First Aid and CPR (child and adult) certification (training provided upon hire, if needed).

Compensation & Benefits

This position’s base salary range is $16.00 - $18.00 per hour; actual salary will reflect level of experience and qualifications relative to position requirements. 

This is not a benefits eligible position.

Additional Information

Work Schedule: 

Per-Diem/Part Time from March, 2022 through June 2022.

Schedule may include weekday, weekend, and evening teaching commitments.

Other Requirements:

Employees must successfully complete a CORI and SORI Background Check and a Motor Vehicle Record (if applicable) is required.

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire. This should also include a booster shot if it has been 5 months since you were initially vaccinated.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

How To Apply

Please send 1) letter of interest; 2) resume; and 3) contact info for three references to: 

Scott Santino, Regional Education Manager
Job# 3664